by A. Grano on April 18th, 2011 at 7:00 am
If we’re headed for a pet-friendly destination, most of us probably don’t think twice before bringing our furry companions along with us for the ride. However, driving with your pet (even if he or she isn’t prone to excitability or disobedient behavior), may be putting yourself and others at a higher risk of having an accident.
There are a plethora of dangerous possibilities that may arise when traveling by car with a pet. He or she may try to sit in your lap, hang out the window, become carsick, or gnaw on objects in the car, just to name a few. Experts estimate that tens of thousands of accidents are caused each year by unrestrained pets.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, cell phones remain the top driving distraction. However, pets are classified among “other distractions”, such as disruptive passengers or drivers attempting to multi-task behind the wheel (reading, applying makeup, etc.), so accurate statistics for pet-related injuries and fatalities are unclear.
For the safety of other drivers, yourself, and your pet, experts recommend restraining your animal during car travel, either by using a harness or carrier that is secured in the back seat.
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